This drawing is 30 x 40cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I use mostly Staedtler pencils on Fabriano paper with cotton. I use a HB pencil to sketch the initial portrait and then work with 2B, 4B and 6B pencils. This was an interesting project with a lot of detail, including in the background. The photograph missed some detail so it was challenging to capture the bride and groom’s faces at such small scale, but the client was happy with the finished portrait.
This is a wedding portrait painting commissioned as an anniversary present for the bride in the image. The client, her husband, wanted to keep the same background as in the reference photo. It was a lovely photograph to work from with some strong lighting and wonderful colours in the background. The painting was 20 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on canvas. The client was delighted with the result and sent me a lovely email:
Wow I’m absolutely blown away by the painting, you’re so talented. I love it. Damien
I took some photographs of the finished painting. It was quite a challenging portrait due to its small size. I used small brushes to capture the detail, especially in the bride’s face and dress. The shadows on her face were very interesting and really helped capturing her likeness.
This was an unusual commission I worked on a couple of months ago. The client asked me to create a drawing of her sister and her husband on their wedding day. She wanted me to capture them walking away specially to show the back of her sister’s wedding dress because she didn’t have a professional photo taken of it on the day. The client provided me numerous photographs of the couple which I pieced together to create a drawing. The portrait was 25 x 30 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils. I included some trees in the background.
The client was pleased with the drawing and her sister was delighted:
Hi! Thanks so much for the image.. I received it today and it’s just amazing!!! My sister absolutely loves it!!! Thanks again! Louise
I am including some photographs of the finished drawing and the drawing in progress.
This is a lovely wedding drawing of two sisters and brother. It was commissioned as a present for their parents. The reference picture I worked from worked very well (photograph is by Tara Aherne). I removed some detail from the background and made it a little lighter. It was a lovely portrait to work on, I wanted to capture the happy moment. I hope I did 🙂
The portrait was drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano paper, 35 x 25 cm in size. I used Faber-Castell graphite for this, 2B and 5B. I used to use 4B for most dark areas, but I have recently switched to a darker 5B as I am quite light handed when it comes to shading. It saves a bit of time as I don’t have to layer as much to achieve darkness. Below I am including some progress pictures together with the reference photo.
Progress image 1
Portrait progress 2
Portrait progress 3
Portrait progress 4
I completed this portrait a few weeks ago and never got a chance to upload it here on the blog. The client – the bride pictured in the portrait – was very happy with the result. The drawing was a standard A4 size (20 x 30 cm). I worked with graphite pencils, HB to 5B, to create this drawing. The reference photo was very interesting, the fact that the light was behind the couple meant that their faces and any details on their clothes were not very visible. I lightened the shadows in places to create more detail in the bride’s dress. It was quite an intricate lace dress and I wanted this to be suggested in the portrait. I also brightened the bride’s hair and flowers.
The portrait was given to the client’s husband as a first anniversary gift.
I am now working on a painting of a lovely Chihuahua called Molly. It will be finished in the next couple of days, so check back to see how it turns out.
I am now booked up until the end of October, so if you are thinking of gifting someone with a very special portrait for Christmas, please order as soon as you can.